Preventing Stockpile Collapse
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Preventing Stockpile Collapse

Posted on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011 at 1:12 pm
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Stockpile collapse is becoming a problem for some couponers. The shelves that they are keeping their stockpile on are literally collapsing under the weight. If you have experienced this problem, or want to prevent it from happening in the future, then here are some handy tips for how you can prevent stockpile collapse, literally!

Strategically Store Your Stockpile

If you’ve ever bagged groceries, you can put this knowledge to use when organizing your stockpile. When bagging groceries, you know to put the heavy items on the bottom. The same goes for organizing your stockpile. You can prevent stockpile collapse by placing your heavy items (canned goods, bulk items, glass jars, etcetera) on the bottom shelves. This way, if they should collapse they won’t have as far to fall. If you can put them on the pantry floor, even better! I’ve also found that free-standing metal shelves like these work great for storing heavy stockpiles. You can pick up metal shelving for around $40 at Bed Bath and Beyond. Plus, you can save even more simply by signing up for Bed Bath & Beyond’s mailing list. You will automatically start receiving 20% off coupons in the mail!

Find a Stockpile Balance

That is, don’t overstock. Overstocking can be a problem when stockpiling, so it is important to know when you have reached a reasonable quantity of items in your stockpile. Check out our tips and tricks for stockpiling to learn how to better balance your stockpiling. In summary, don’t buy more than you will ever use or need and don’t stockpile just because an item is on sale. If you find yourself with more stockpile than your shelves can support, you can donate your extras to a local food bank or shelter.

Reinforce Your Shelves

If you don’t have room for a durable free-standing shelving unit, it is a good idea to reinforce your shelves. You can purchase metal shelving brackets at your local hardware store. Just add a few of these to your shelves in order to better support your stockpile.

It’s always a good idea to plan ahead and balance your stockpile to avoid overstocking, which ultimately leads to stockpile collapse. Preparing for stockpile collapse beforehand will help you prevent a big mess!



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